This is easier than you think. As the example, I will use the University of Southern California football program today. A few years ago, a scandal erupted about the family of Reggie Bush being paid while he was in school. Evidence was piled before the court that proved that, as best anyone I have read has concluded. Of course, you are free to form your own opinion, but this is my opinion.
It is cheating to be paid while in college sports, and the NCAA is compelled to punish USC (if they indeed cheated). For purposes of this article, let’s conclude that they did indeed cheat all other programs in the NCAA. After all, everyone in America read that proved unequivocally that Reggie Bush cheated, according to the rules of the NCAA governing body. The year the “cheating” was occurring, USC won the national championship as the top team in college football. Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy as the top college football player that year, too.
You may be wondering what this has to do with making millions in sports. Stay with me, and I will get to that.
The NCAA has never done one thing to the University of Southern California for this. That has forever tarnished what was once a highly regarded institution. If there was no cheating, the record has to have counterevidence. I have not read that there is any.
By not acting whatsoever on this, it has rendered all football games played in the NCAA since as meaningless. If USC can cheat, that tells all other colleges to cheat. After all, USC is the preeminent college football program in the country. They are the leader of college football, and they are the example for all others to follow.
The fact that cheating in college sports is condoned by the NCAA bamboozles everyone who ever dreamed of sports heroism. Perhaps this is good, in a perverse sort of way. Perhaps the game is indeed rigged. If so, then it is critical that we all realize how to make millions from this in another way.
When I had the sports hero dream, I was a sports fanatic. Much of what I learned about how to succeed in athletics, I have used in the rest of my life.
I used to dream of the possibilities of the competitions. I would create tactics in that time that I used successfully in sports. Later I used to dream about organizational competitions, and I created similar tactics that I perfected to win at my job.
I developed a singular focus for the sports I played. That intense concentration was very helpful to me in later life situations. Learning to discipline my mind in sports taught me to concentrate to win.
More than anything, though, I practiced my sport. My advantage was blazing speed. I outran the state champion in both the 100 and the 220 (as they were called back then). Even though, that was not in the state meet, I knew what I could do. FYI, even then, I did not like the rules of the game, so I rarely played on the school teams.
I pushed myself out of love for sports. I wanted to play sports 24/7/365 until other interests developed. Playing sports nonstop honed my body for the competition. Today, I realize that I must break down the components of my work and practice them over and over in preparation for the work itself.
Now, though, I have a greater advantage. I now revolve all my tested processes to win around my spiritual gifts, given by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in one in me. This inspirational powerhouse renders all the other tactics as secondary. Don’t misunderstand, though. This is the critical lesson of this letter to you. God’s support only allows me to do all the other things better! If I did not do those things better, I should expect to lose. I don’t expect God to do it for me. I must prepare and execute the work I choose. If it does not glorify Him, then all bets are off. None of this will work, in my opinion, unless He chooses that for His good. Why would God choose ungodly work to glorify Himself? Why would He help you win at an ungodly endeavor?
The one who is lazy becomes poor, but the one who works diligently becomes wealthy.
Why would God glorify an NCAA football player?
Some contend that sports like football are violent. That is not my point at all. Sure, the football player learns the components of battle if he or she plays for a qualified coach who understands how to win. Striking the opponent is done even in business. My advertising campaigns were an attack against my competitors.
I had to black my competitors’ attacks against my company, just like a football player must blunt the opponent’s attack.
Yes, I upset my competitors. I distracted them. I sense that I frightened them.
All of these tactics were part of the overall battle strategy.
I am not here to promise you a million dollars if you apply all of these principles to a work that God calls you to perform for His glory. All you can do is your best. Do that, and don’t look back. Look forward until God calls you home. He has a perfect plan for all of us. Never despair of fear the future. Just act with dignified, moral purpose on the work you choose. He promises greater riches in heaven, so do not lose sight of the real prize. After all, God makes it clear that money is not so great.
But the rich person’s pride should be in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a wildflower in the meadow.
Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from mortal danger.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Thanks to Dr. Saturday, I am showing how USC won its showdown with Ohio State in Columbus. I bad call in USC’s favor was the difference in an 18-15 Trojan victory. Was it cheating in favor of USC? I’ll let you be the judge.